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From armistice to peace treaty: churches call for reconciliation between the US and North Korea, humanitarian support without conditions

"Reconciliation between the United States and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) remains the key to diffusing tension in the region," said participants in a 17-20 October consultation held under the auspices of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Tozanso, Japan.

Church representatives debate reunification of North and South Korea

US Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said in the recent televized debate with George Bush that he favours bilateral talks between America and North Korea. The president, on the other hand, said that he favours the Six-Party Talks on the peaceful reunification of a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

Week of Prayer 2005: Growing collaboration between WCC and the Roman Catholic Church

The preparation of the 2005 edition of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has led to a new stage in collaboration between the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Roman Catholic Church.

Church representatives from North and South Korea to review prospects for Korean peace and reunification

Church representatives from North and South Korea as well as from other parts of the world involved in the issue of Korean reunification have been invited to a 17-21 October consultation organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Tozanzo, Japan.

UK government chief secretary to the Treasury Paul Boateng to address WCC seminar on Millennium Development Goals

A seminar on "The challenge of poverty eradication", to be held in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 18 October, will assess progress towards realizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) adopted by 190 countries in 2000. Organized by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the seminar will also advocate for translating these goals into concrete action.

Earth ethics: Kobia congratulates Nobel peace prize-winner Wangari Maathai

Warm congratulations were sent by World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia to Mrs Wangari Maathai, who today was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2004.

WCC to host book launch on religion in American society

Tarek Mitri, staff of the World Council of Churches (WCC) programme on inter-religious relations, and WCC Publications will present Mitri's new book, "Au nom de la Bible, au nom de l’Amérique" ("In the name of the Bible, in the name of America"), published by Labor et Fides to the public on Wednesday 13 October 2004 at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva.

"Living letters" at US churches' gathering: solidarity and challenges

Photos from Atlanta are available (see below)

US churches recognize Atlanta peacemakers

Ten individuals and organizations from Atlanta and surrounding areas will be recognized for their peace and justice-making efforts at the annual meeting of the United States Conference for the World Council of Churches (WCC), beginning today in Atlanta, Georgia.

WCC leader praises Canadian model of church dialogue

See WCC Press Update pu-04-45 of 1 October 2004

In Canada, Kobia encourages healing efforts of churches

Aboriginal representatives of Canadian churches, devastated by residential school scandals which have resulted in lawsuits against them totaling millions of dollars, told Rev. Dr Sam Kobia, WCC general secretary, that they must work together ecumenically if they are to bring hope and healing to the country’s First Nations, most of whom have had church connections for centuries.

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, ENI covers it

WCC is a co-founder and sponsor of Ecumenical News International (ENI) which was launched in 1994 as a global news service reporting on ecumenical developments and other news of the churches. WCC communication covers the life and work of the organization and its activities. This special feature article is issued jointly by ENI, the WCC and the other sponsoring organizations to mark the 10th anniversary of ENI. Further information on: http:// www.eni.ch .

World Council of Churches welcomes Russian decision on climate change

"The WCC is very pleased that the Russian Federation will now be ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, which will trigger the criteria to bring the treaty into effect as international law," said World Council of Churches (WCC) Climate Change programme coordinator Dr David Hallmann yesterday about the Russian Cabinet's decision to forward the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on climate change to the Russian Parliament (Duma).

October 2004

> Samuel Kobia to Canada

WCC US Conference to highlight US churches' peace-making efforts

To "expose and inspire" the US churches' witness to "the power and promise of peace" is the aim of events being organized in October in Atlanta, Georgia, by the US Conference for the World Council of Churches (WCC).

Palestine/Israel: largest-ever group, including bishop, joins ecumenical peace-making programme

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) enters its second year of operations by welcoming 25 new accompaniers, the largest group since the project started in August 2002. Three have also stayed on from the previous group, bringing the total number of accompaniers on the ground to 28.

Geneva ceremony to celebrate WCC Programme to Combat Racism and honour Baldwin Sjollema

A 27 September ceremony in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva will be an opportunity for the ecumenical community to celebrate the contributions of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Programme to Combat Racism (PCR), and to honour its first director, Baldwin Sjollema.

Messages of peace on video available at www.overcomingviolence.org/peace2004

"God weeps over God's world, aching because of conflict in Darfur, in Beslan, in Harare, in Colombia, in Jerusalem, in Belfast," says Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu in his message for the International Day of Prayer for Peace, to be observed on 21 September. And he adds: "God - Emmanuel, God with us, with you - has no one but you to help God make this world hospitable to peace and justice."

Churches advocates speak about nonviolent presence in Palestine and Israel

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) will organize a hearing in New York City on "International nonviolent presence in Palestine and Israel: Churches and civil society promoting a just peace". The panel of speakers will include three EAPPI volunteers, from the USA, South Africa and Sweden.

21 September service at Ecumenical Centre to mark International Peace Day

In observance of the International Day of Prayer for Peace and the International Day of Peace , the World Council of Churches in collaboration with the World Peace Day Association is inviting the local and international community in Geneva to join a